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Questions about travelling with dog

We want to make our annual pilgrimage to Lake Placid this fall and I'd like to bring Gryff with us this year. The hotel we are staying at allows dogs, but the website says you can't leave them alone in the room. What do you do when you want to go out to eat? I could never tie him up outside while I go inside a store/restaurant. I found one place that has an outdoor area that allows pets, but what if it's raining, too cold, etc.

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we take django with us when down in florida, i always call ahead and check to see what restaurant allow pets, if it's a fairly pet friendly place and they have out door eating areas, you are okay but, rain, do you know of any one down there who can watch your dog for a few hour while you go to lunch? that' a tough one, when it rains, one of us stays in the car with the dog while the other goes and picks up the take out order from the restaurant and we head back to the condo for lunch!
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We use a stroller (and throw a baby blanket over the screen if we aren't sure if we will be received well if a dog is discovered inside) and take a Flossie or another favorite chewy.

The best bet is to find a dog-friendly restaurant. Depending on where you are going, I've found that some have seating outdoors or maybe a few tables out back that aren't obvious.
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I just spoke with the hotel. They said I could leave him in the room as long as he is in the crate.

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We leave our dogs in the crate in a hotel room when traveling. It's safer that way because what would happen if housekeeping entered and the dog ran out, horrors. Since we usually have three dogs with us and we just put the crates together. We never have left our pups alone for more than 2 hours and they are fine when we return to the hotel. When I just travel with one dog I take her into the restaurant with me in her Sherpa bag, which looks like a pink Channel tote. I throw my jacket over the bag and nobody ever notices. My dogs really love their sherpa and they will stay very quiet in the restaurant. The only time I got caught was in GA when we were leaving a restaurant and some lady exclaimed with joy, "there's a puppy in there" then as I hastily exited she followed me out to the front porch to say hello to Blossom, who was fully grown at the time.


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We take Castro everywhere (try to, anyway...) Since we've had him, Bryant and I have tried a lot of new places that allows dogs; mostly places with outdoor seating.

We haven't had a peaceful meal since - we get a lot of people and pooches stopping by to say hello to Castro!
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I choose only hotels where dogs can be left crated. I leave them with cookies and the TV playing. I also leave my cell phone number with the fron desk in case there are any issues.
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We just had Brady in Cape Cod with us. We did not leave him alone (we were in a hotel for one night and a house for the rest of the stay). Brady is great about being left alone when we are at home, but he is a creature of habit, so being alone in a strange house was not okay with him. We were able to find plenty of outdoor restaurants. Many shops we went to were dog friendly as well. I usually checked with someone in the store and offerred to carry him. We did get stuck at dinner in a bad thunderstorm with Brady. He was terrified and they moved everyone outside indoors (except for us). Fortunately, it was under cover, but the wind was terrible. They boxed our food up for us, but by the time we got it, the rain stopped so we ate there.

Check out there websites for some helpful information. If you do a google search for "dog friendly restaurants lake placid" you will find quite a bit of information. I loved having Brady with us on vacation. It was a little limiting, but well worth it!

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Well we just had a day where it was too hot to have them in the stroller and us to eat outdoors so we had a table by the window and left the car running with the a/c on and checked on them. Not what I would like to do but it was 105F today so we just made it a quick lunch and the kids were sleeping each time I checked on them. But I really prefer outdoors with teh stroller or tied to the table. Harder to control, when I have all 3!

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Lake Placid might be a little on the cool side to dine outdoors, but you can give it a try. We go on vacation in summer, so it is easier. Outdoor seating usually allows dogs. If the weather turns bad, we either order take out or room service.

If Gryff doesn't mind being crated in the room, then that would work for you. Some places will noit allow that.

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